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Your search for posts with tags containing John Dunlap found 8 posts

September 1

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago this week? “The List of Subscribers will be committed to the Press in a few Weeks.” When John Dunlap set about publishing “ALL THE POETICAL WRITINGS, AND SOME OTHER PIECES, OF THE...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 1 Sep 2021


What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “A Sermon, on the death of the Rev. Mr. GEORGE WHITEFIELD, preached by JOHN WESLEY.” In the months following his death in Newburyport, Massachusetts, on September 30,...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 22 Apr 2021

September 23

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago this week? “POOR RICHARD’s ALMANACK, for the Year 1771.” With the arrival of fall in 1770 came the season for advertising almanacs for 1771.  A few advertisements...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 23 Sep 2020

October 16

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? Pennsylvania Chronicle (October 16, 1769). “Just published … Father ABRAHAM’S ALMANACK.” It was one of the signs that fall had arrived in the colonies:...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 16 Oct 2019

Colonial Newspaper Subscription Prices

Last month I posted twice about the cost of advertising in colonial American newspapers.One source of those articles, the 1884 U.S. Census Office report “The Newspaper and Periodical Press” by S. N. D. North, also discussed what pre-Revolutionary...
From: Boston 1775 on 21 Jul 2017

Colonial Newspaper Advertising Rates

In 1884 the U.S. Census Office published a report called “The Newspaper and Periodical Press” by S. N. D. North, who would become a leading statistician.That essay offers answers to some difficult questions about the business of newspaper...
From: Boston 1775 on 5 Jun 2017

Top 10 Printers

For Americans in the Revolutionary era, newspapers provided a major source of information about events related to the conflict with Great Britain. The people who produced these publications played a key role in getting the news out because they believed...

The Declaration of Independence and Big Capital

The folks at Seth Kaller, Inc., and the Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries sent a report on a big sale:The rare first newspaper printing of the Declaration of Independence we auctioned yesterday brought $632,500—a record price for any historic newspaper....
From: Boston 1775 on 27 Jun 2013

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